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Rotary Ireland

Brian Cody

Brian Cody


A former player he has been the manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since 1998, where he has since become the county's longest-serving manager and most successful in terms of major titles won. Brian Cody is regarded as the greatest manager in the history of the game and indeed in the history of the GAA.

Born in Sheestown, County Kilkenny, Brian was introduced to hurling by his father Brian senior the long-serving chairman of the local club team. He enjoyed All-Ireland success at colleges level as captain with St. Kieran's College while simultaneously enjoying championship successes at underage levels with the James Stephens club known in Kilkenny as 'The Village'. A two-time All-Ireland medallist with the James Stephens senior team, Brian also won two Leinster medals and three championship medals.

Brian made his senior debut during the 1973 championship. He went on to play a key role for Kilkenny in attack and later defence during a hugely successful era, and won three All-Ireland medals, four Leinster medals and two National Hurling League medals. An All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions, Cody captained the team to All-Ireland victory in 1982.

Throughout his inter-county career he made 24 championship appearances. Cody retired from inter-county hurling during the 1986 championship.

After being involved in team management and coaching in all grades at club level with James Stephens, Brian was appointed manager of the Kilkenny senior team on 16 November 1998. He has since gone on to lead Kilkenny through a period of unprecedented provincial and national dominance, winning 42 major honours. These include eleven All-Ireland Championships, including a record-equalling four-in-a-row between 2006 and 2009, fifteen Leinster Championships in eighteen seasons, nine National Leagues, including five league-championship doubles, and seven Walsh Cups

A primary school teacher by profession, Brian was principle of St Patrick's De La Salle primary school in the heart of his native 'Village' in Kilkenny City. Brian retired from the primary school teaching profession in 2015.

Brian's auto-biography Cody, co-written with GAA journalist Martin Breheny, was published on 28 September 2009.